My Rating ~ Four & a half Stars
RELEASE DATE: 27 July 2019
Today is my tour stop on the Feast of the Mother bookstagram tour, thanks to readthebooktours!
A witch. A murder. A curse…
Beneath the murky waters of the lake, an ancient being slumbers, and Brygida is its servant. Kept sheltered in the woods by her mothers from the nearby village, Brygida has never had so much as a friend—until the day she meets a charming stranger painting by the lake. He invites her to the village’s harvest feast, but her taste of the forbidden ends with a murder.
Called into service for the first time, Brygida must take up her ancestral duty as Reaper of Death and solve the murder within three days. If she brings the murderer to the lake on the third day, the being she serves will be sated. If she fails, Brygida herself will be drawn beneath the murky waters, and the village massacred. There’s only one problem: the main suspect is her charming painter, Kaspian.
As Brygida investigates, the dangers are many and answers few. The village and her family stand against her, and with time running short, the lake demands a price. Brygida believes Kaspian is innocent, but can she stake her life on it, when failure means condemning the rest of the village, and being dragged into the deep…?
Thank you so much to the authors for providing me with a copy of Feast of the Mother!
Brygida is facing a lonely life with only her two mothers as company. She has been forbidden to visit the village or speak to any of the villagers, especially the men. Brygida is a witch, and her mothers have made it very clear she will not be accepted or wanted outside of their magical forest. But when Brygida encounters one of the village men by chance, paining by her lake, he doesn’t seem to be as dangerous as her mother’s have led her to believe.
When a girl is murdered, Brygida discovers she must take up her duty as Reaper of Death, and ensure she delivers the killer to the waiting rusalka in the lake, within three days. Although her mothers are sure they know the identity of the murderer, Brygida’s intuition tells her they are wrong, and she will risk everything to solve the mystery.
Feast of the Mother was such an intriguing mystery! I just had to know who the culprit was, so I read it all in one night. The subtly woven magic, and magical creatures, within the mundane setting of an ordinary village was captivating and I loved Brygida as a character. She was strong and independent, but the authors let her nervousness shine through, making her seem more real. I also adored Stefan, one of the sweet and playful side characters! The inclusion of a mystery, especially a murder mystery, in fantasy novels is one of my favourite things! I was so sure I had solved it more than once, but I was still wrong 😄
I can’t wait to read book two!
If you enjoy witches, magic, mysteries and royal families, make sure you add this one to your TBR!
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